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Avoid Mistakes: How to Assess & Make successful Application for your client, 2023-24



Title of Program: Avoid Mistakes: How to Assess & Make successful Application for your client, 2023-24

****  Video Only ****

Seminar ID:    MSA – 1223   December 14, 2023

( 3 Hours, Approved By CICC)

Format:     Video Only  

Language:    English

Provider:       Immigration Learning & Information Centre, IMLIN

Webinar Date:                           December 14, 2023

Webinar Time:                          Starts @ 2:00pm – Ends @ 5:15pm ET

Expiry Date for Video ONLY:   December 14, 2024   


An Immigration Consultant must have a strong understanding of immigration procedures as well as any related legislation. Your clients come from a variety of national, cultural, educational, and religious backgrounds. You need to understand the context of your client’s portfolio to be able to explain the procedures. With good communication skills, you can simplify the complicated immigration process for your clients.

John Edwards

Presenter: John Edwards – RCIC

John Edwards is a licensed immigration consultant and has been since 2006. He is currently a member in good standing with the College of Immigration & Citizenship Consultants (CICC). He has a BSc. from the University of Guelph and worked in the environmental sciences field for approximately 10 years.
Mr. Edwards is a current member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants and was a Policy and Lobbying Director with CAPIC for a brief time. Mr. Edwards is proud to say that he had the privilege of working along with and under the guidance of Cecil L. Rotenberg Q.C. (deceased), who was known as the “grandfather” or “dean” of Canadian Immigration law, for several years gaining valuable experience in dealing with complicated immigration matters.
In addition to being a licensed immigration consultant, Mr. Edwards is a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario as a licensed paralegal. His representation includes clients in the temporary resident classes as well as permanent residence applications. Over the years, he has successfully represented clients before the IRB at the Immigration Division, RPD, and IAD. Currently, Mr. Edwards focuses his efforts on assisting clients with Humanitarian and Compassionate applications, Immigration appeals, and with in-Canada and overseas applicants dealing with inadmissibility issues. He also enjoys teaching and has taught immigration consultancy students at two private colleges in Toronto as well as paralegal diploma courses at a private college in Hamilton, Ontario.


Opening Remarks  

–  CICC Code of Professional Conduct – Advising Clients

First Contact  

–  Consultation Agreements

–  Setting up the consultation (eg, in-person, telephone or online video      conference)

–  Who should be present at consultation   

Gathering Client Information  

–  Importance of verifying identity of clients and dependents

–  Are documents authentic? What duty do I have to ensure authenticity?

–  What duty do I have to when receiving client documents

  • originals vs copies
  • privacy concerns



After filing an application  

–  Procedural Fairness letters

  • Medical Inadmissibility
  • Criminal Inadmissibility
  • Misrepresentation

–  Remedies

  • Humanitarian and Compassionate Considerations
  • Temporary Resident Permits
  • Request for abeyance- Medical examination

Expect the unexpected  

  • Couple break-ups (more than once)
  • Death of sponsor
  • Death of principle applicant
  • Criminal charges laid
  • Criminal convictions
  • Discovering potential misrepresentation

Closing remarks 

–  Questions and Answers

–  Conclusion & closing comments


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